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- An Act for the Construction of Railways, By Means of the Thames Tunnel, Certain Railways on the Middlesex Side of the Said River, to Be Called "the East London Railway

London, Houses of Parliament. 1865. 68pp. 4to. Rebound in card covers. A clean copy. When it opened in 1843 Brunels Thames Tunnel was described as the Eighth Wonder of the world. The East London Railway company bought the tunnel in 1865 with the intention of digging new tunnels to link up from the North and South to link the Thames Tunnel to the national railway network. Four years later, in 1869, trains started to run through the tunnel meant for horses and carts. For the first time the tunnel was doing what it was intended to do - carrying freight across the river. In 1869 electric trains had not yet appeared on the national network, so the trains running through the tunnel were hauled by steam engines. Entering the tunnel the trains would go downhill towards the low point at mid-river before starting the hard climb back up to the surface. The harder a steam engine works the more smoke it produces. In 1913 the railway was electrified and incorporated into the London Underground as the East London Line, making the Thames Tunnel the oldest tunnel in the oldest underground system in the world. This is the birthplace of the tube! The Thames Tunnel is now part of the London Overground, reducing journey times and congestion in the centre of the city. This very busy and successful railway is the latest addition to the capital's transport system, incorporating The Brunels' Tunnel, oldest river tunnel in the world.
GBP 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 28 US$ 32.92 | JPą 3717] Book number 176059

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